Manti-LaSal

We could see the snow-covered mountains from Arches National Park … and they called out to us.

Climbing up ... looking back ...
Climbing up … looking back …

I was hoping for something relaxing, something green, something peaceful … when suddenly there it was!

Next to a sharp bend in the road ...
Next to a sharp bend in the road …

Hidden away, in the back of a little ravine, we could hear the rustling of aspens. And, peering through the leaves we spotted what looked like a green meadow! Time to carefully back down the narrow path, park and throw open the back door. Lunch in the park!

I definitely could live here!
I definitely could live here!

A long lunch, a little time to read and reflect, and a peaceful nap. This was a tiny area among all the sagebrush and rock … and our appetite is whetted for a field of aspens whispering in the breeze.

According to those who know, the place we seek might be at Warner Lake … at 9,200 feet … just below Haystack Mountain (at 11,000 feet) … with campsites! Punch it into the GPS and we’ll see what happens. Well, not well-marked we’re led to a gravel one-lane road that winds up the side of the mountain. We drive and drive, and finally see another vehicle ( a Subaru off in one of the pull-outs) checking their map. The GPS has long since gone blank … it looks like we’re driving where nothing exists. Oh oh, maybe we picked the wrong road – but ya can’t turn a truck camper around. It’s still just all rocks … when off in the distance, we see trees. Another mile or so …

... everything smooths out and we're in the trees ...
… everything smooths out and we’re in the trees …

… and there it is!

The little lake bids us come.
The little lake bids us come.
Imagine living here.
Imagine living here.

There are 13 campsites here! Today there is only 1 campsite being used! It’s like a private hideout in the high forest.

Let's just look around some more ...
Let’s just look around some more …

Completely quiet except for the wind rustling up the aspens. They are starting to change color … it’s way cooler up here than down in Moab! Oh … there’s a cyclists path, and a pointer to another lake a few mile off. And … a little ranger cabin.

Available for reservations too.
Available for reservations too.

The forest service evidently built this years ago … with propane and solar power, and converted to public use in 2005. This is National forest land, so hiking, fishing, hunting, or just relaxing are all good.

For us, just being is on the agenda!
For us, just being is on the agenda!
You can hear the wind coming before it arrives ...
You can hear the wind coming before it arrives …
... and just lay in the sun.
… and just lay in the sun.

The road up the mountain is narrow with some sudden drop-offs … but a truck camper can go most places. We’d tell you more, but we’ll just end with this picture:

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